Officer Elmer A. Swanson

Officer Elmer A. Swanson

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Tuesday, July 5, 1932

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Elmer A. Swanson

Officer Elmer Swanson was shot and killed while responding to a home at 508 First Street, SE, where a deranged man was firing a gun.

During the incident over 100 rounds were fired by the suspect from the home. Over 500 policemen and U.S. Marines responded to the incident and engaged in the shootout. At one point the suspect ran from the home when it was filled with tear gas and opened fire, striking Officer Swanson in the head. Officer Swanson was taken to Providence Hospital where he succumbed to the wound.

The man ran back into the home without being struck by the return fire. The man was eventually apprehended after being wounded in the arm. After being arrested he stated he only wanted to have some fun. He was indicted for first degree murder and found insane.

Officer Swanson had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for only three months and was assigned to the Ninth Precinct. He was survived by his wife. He is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Maryland.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered and honored. Rest In Peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 5, 2020

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